Paradox Gaming Network is creating A Gaming Community
9
patrons
$102
per month
Imagine walking into your living room and having fifty brothers and sisters you could ask a question to, and get all of their perspectives and opinions and advice. Imagine having a selection of different careers, levels of education, successes and failures to draw from. Now imagine that if you didn’t want to hear any more of what they had to say you could turn them off….

...Welcome to the Paradox Gaming Network.

A year ago, I got challenged to refine this community and put some boundaries on it and I was completely overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed based on the fact that someone wanted to give me money. Yes, someone wanted to directly pay me to keep making the videos I had been making and to refine the work I was already doing for fun. I never thought it was going to add up to anything, yet here we are 13 months later and $316.79 as my share of what we as a community have made from just Patreon. This money has been divided up among the community and handed back out as APEX in Archeage, Amazon Gift Cards, Steam Gift Cards, copies of video games, and we aren’t done yet. We have a pile of money just waiting to give away as we ring in the new year.

Why build a community?

Let’s be honest here for just a second. Before we ever talk about video games, let’s talk about life. Let us talk about the fact that life in 2018 going into 2019 is not a kind and friendly place. To quote Rocky Balboa “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”

Isn’t that the sad depressing truth? Yet what is the rest of that quote? “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, about how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

I’m lucky enough to have squeezed through a window of opportunity that lead to a level of success that I have retired at age 39. Sure, I gave up the use of my left arm in defense of my country, but many of my military brethren gave up far more. I now have the ability to play video games all day and just enjoy life, but what kind of man would I be if I didn't try to make the world a better place? What kind of man would I be if I didn’t put my talents to use helping some of you get back up and keep moving forward?

I truly believe that people can come together every night as a community, play some video games, but they can do so much more for each other as well. Need help with a resume? We have plenty of professionals. Need advice about life? We have plenty of seasoned adults. Going through issues with your first kid? We have plenty of parents. It does in fact take a village to raise a child, and we don’t all get dealt a very good hand when it comes to family.

In just this last year we’ve helped people get into college, we’ve helped people get into the military, we’ve helped people fix some really big life mistakes. We can celebrate the completion of a couple of GEDs due to motivating people to seize control of their life, we’ve explained mortgages, loans, fixing bad credit, how to fix debt, how to establish good credit. If I can make even one person’s life better every week through having a “gaming” community then I have done my job.

Why make instructional videos?

My background is in Education. I have a Master’s degree in Education and I’m lucky enough to have taught for 3.5 years before and after 9/11 an event in American History that changed my world. I love video games, I’ve loved them since I was three. I also love helping people. Making instructional videos on Video Games and having my Twitch show lets me blend two things that I love: teaching and video games. Nobody should have to struggle with some of the insane things that developers put in video games anymore. Even more, some people don’t have time to figure every little thing out or worse, they get anxious when they can’t figure something out. Nobody needs that in their life. What’s more, nobody needs the brushed off answer. Sometimes a topic takes a while to explain. So instead of the first person getting a really good answer, the next person getting a decent answer, and then three or four people further down the line getting either a horrible answer or just ignored, why not spend a few hours putting together a good video so thousands of people can view it and get the same level of help? Even better why not produce that video that will actually spark conversation between people?

Why is it always “we”?

People have asked me why I always use the “we” pronoun when talking about Paradox when until this past month I was the only creator actually producing anything. The truth of the matter is I’m probably the least important person in the operation. Sure, I get out there and stream and make the videos, but if the network, aka you guys, didn’t watch the videos, didn’t share the videos, didn’t make comments on the videos I’d just be a guy doing a lot of recording for no good reason.

In fact, when I started streaming, I made affiliate fairly quickly because of the advice I would give people if they asked. What really made my year though, was when Wolfessmoon finally decided to start streaming, all I had to do was ask you guys to swing in and help her get to her 50 followers on Twitch for check off the affiliate requirement and you did. The network took care of one of their own.

You’ll also notice that I don’t stream under my own name, but I stream under the banner of “The Paradox Gaming Network”. Our Network has gotten media attention this year despite our small size. We’ve been noted by Massively Overpowered twice, by Woovit, and by several software companies. That’s a pretty big “we” there.

I say one day I want to be the voice of 50,000 gamers. If I was representing that many people, I would hopefully be able to pay some people some money and help them along with that they need getting settled in life. Imagine a gamer with a funding stream behind him that took things seriously and used that money to make the MMORPG genre better.

So why 50,000 gamers?

Everyone who wants to make a change to anything needs to have a voice. The more people who agree with that voice, the louder the voice gets and the more it is taken seriously. I can go from website to website talking about all the things we talk about during my streams, in discords, etc, but unless I have a major following behind me it's really just me saying it.

Take for example the “Pay to….” position we have developed this year. We all used to say “pay to win” off the cuff with no real deeper meaning behind it. Now, through several months of spirited discussion we have developed a new “Pay to…” statement which allows people to acknowledge that there is a cash shop and that buying stuff is a problem, but the extent of the problem can range from “convenience” all the way to “straight winning.” This idea would not have been as developed without the Paradox Gaming Network.

Has Jahlon sold out? Am I going to have to pay to watch his videos?

Absolutely not!

My videos are going to be on Youtube for Free. For now. Forever.

Everything I do, everything I've ever done, everything I ever will do will go up on YouTube and you will never have to pay a dime. The Patreon simply exists for people who want to help support the Paradox Gaming Network. Honestly, watching the videos and showing up when I stream is also a ton of support and it's the type of support I need more than financial contribution.
Tiers
Feeder of Hungry Wolfesses
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
No, seriously, Wolfess moon the streamer at https://www.twitch.tv/wolfessmoon is part of the Paradox Gaming Network, and her fridge is often empty.   


A small $1 donation goes a long way when you are broke and hungry.  You get the personal satisfaction of knowing that you've fed a hungry streamer.    



Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Jahlon has a love for popcorn and Arizona Arnold Palmer Tea.  The more of these two things he has, the longer he sits at his desk putting out Archeage 101, Ashes 101 and other video game reviews.   Let's keep him at his desk working hard.   


As a thank you for everyone who supports at this tier, your name will be included in the credits at the beginning of any Paradox Gaming Network video produced and published on the main Paradox Gaming Network YouTube.   You keep this benefit for as long as you are providing an tea and popcorn.   

Benefactor
$2 or more per month 1 patron
The Paradox Gaming Network is a school for video games, and like every good school, we need Benefactors.


Along with having your name at the beginning of the video, you will also be granted access to the Benefactor role on the Paradox Gaming Network Discord giving you direct access to Jahlon and the other Archeage 101 and Ashes 101 instructors.   

Includes Discord rewards
Associate Producer
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
This tier is for people who want to take a slightly more active role in production of videos.  

 

Along with the previous benefits, you will also be able to watch Jahlon (or any future creator) go through the process of putting together a video via discord screen share.  You will be able to do this a minimum of once per quarter, but if there is nobody else signed up you will be able to visit as often as you like.  (Limit of 5 viewers per session)  

Includes Discord rewards
Friend of Wolves
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Yeah, Wolfess is getting started streaming and she's already a Twitch affiliate, but she needs help with all the bits and pieces of things that life throws at you, like bills, rent, and life-stuff.


With this tier you can access to the Benefactor role on the Paradox Gaming Network discord, giving you more direct access to Jahlon, Wolfess, and any other Paradox Gaming Network creators as they come along.   




Includes Discord rewards
Co-Producer
$15 or more per month 5 of 12 patrons
You get access to the Producers role and the Video-Producers channel on the Paradox Gaming Network Discord where the topics, ideas, and production of new videos will be discussed.  You will be influencing the production schedule of which videos get done when and even more you will have direct input into what topics for what games get done next. 


With this level you also can get face time with Jahlon or Wolfess (or any future producer) for one hour once per six months.  The topic can be anything professional from a particular video game, to an interview, to even sitting there discussing Life, the universe and everything with a cup of coffee.   

Includes Discord rewards
Executive Producer
$25 or more per month 1 of 12 patrons
Everything from the previous packages plus:


- You call it.  Once per year you call a video and it gets made.   This is beyond influencing the production schedule you actually SET the production.   After you have held this their for six months you can begin working with the discussion of the particulars of your video.


This can be a video topic of your choosing, or it can even be working with Jahlon (or another creator) to build a video of your own particular raw footage.


- Included in this are 4 - one hour sessions per year on Filmora video editing.   (You may claim the first session after three months, and then each additional session after 3 additional months).  [You are responsible for owning your own copy of Filmora]

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
9 of 10 patrons
When we get to 10 Patrons per month I will add a 3rd permanent stream to the rotation.   
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Imagine walking into your living room and having fifty brothers and sisters you could ask a question to, and get all of their perspectives and opinions and advice. Imagine having a selection of different careers, levels of education, successes and failures to draw from. Now imagine that if you didn’t want to hear any more of what they had to say you could turn them off….

...Welcome to the Paradox Gaming Network.

A year ago, I got challenged to refine this community and put some boundaries on it and I was completely overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed based on the fact that someone wanted to give me money. Yes, someone wanted to directly pay me to keep making the videos I had been making and to refine the work I was already doing for fun. I never thought it was going to add up to anything, yet here we are 13 months later and $316.79 as my share of what we as a community have made from just Patreon. This money has been divided up among the community and handed back out as APEX in Archeage, Amazon Gift Cards, Steam Gift Cards, copies of video games, and we aren’t done yet. We have a pile of money just waiting to give away as we ring in the new year.

Why build a community?

Let’s be honest here for just a second. Before we ever talk about video games, let’s talk about life. Let us talk about the fact that life in 2018 going into 2019 is not a kind and friendly place. To quote Rocky Balboa “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”

Isn’t that the sad depressing truth? Yet what is the rest of that quote? “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, about how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

I’m lucky enough to have squeezed through a window of opportunity that lead to a level of success that I have retired at age 39. Sure, I gave up the use of my left arm in defense of my country, but many of my military brethren gave up far more. I now have the ability to play video games all day and just enjoy life, but what kind of man would I be if I didn't try to make the world a better place? What kind of man would I be if I didn’t put my talents to use helping some of you get back up and keep moving forward?

I truly believe that people can come together every night as a community, play some video games, but they can do so much more for each other as well. Need help with a resume? We have plenty of professionals. Need advice about life? We have plenty of seasoned adults. Going through issues with your first kid? We have plenty of parents. It does in fact take a village to raise a child, and we don’t all get dealt a very good hand when it comes to family.

In just this last year we’ve helped people get into college, we’ve helped people get into the military, we’ve helped people fix some really big life mistakes. We can celebrate the completion of a couple of GEDs due to motivating people to seize control of their life, we’ve explained mortgages, loans, fixing bad credit, how to fix debt, how to establish good credit. If I can make even one person’s life better every week through having a “gaming” community then I have done my job.

Why make instructional videos?

My background is in Education. I have a Master’s degree in Education and I’m lucky enough to have taught for 3.5 years before and after 9/11 an event in American History that changed my world. I love video games, I’ve loved them since I was three. I also love helping people. Making instructional videos on Video Games and having my Twitch show lets me blend two things that I love: teaching and video games. Nobody should have to struggle with some of the insane things that developers put in video games anymore. Even more, some people don’t have time to figure every little thing out or worse, they get anxious when they can’t figure something out. Nobody needs that in their life. What’s more, nobody needs the brushed off answer. Sometimes a topic takes a while to explain. So instead of the first person getting a really good answer, the next person getting a decent answer, and then three or four people further down the line getting either a horrible answer or just ignored, why not spend a few hours putting together a good video so thousands of people can view it and get the same level of help? Even better why not produce that video that will actually spark conversation between people?

Why is it always “we”?

People have asked me why I always use the “we” pronoun when talking about Paradox when until this past month I was the only creator actually producing anything. The truth of the matter is I’m probably the least important person in the operation. Sure, I get out there and stream and make the videos, but if the network, aka you guys, didn’t watch the videos, didn’t share the videos, didn’t make comments on the videos I’d just be a guy doing a lot of recording for no good reason.

In fact, when I started streaming, I made affiliate fairly quickly because of the advice I would give people if they asked. What really made my year though, was when Wolfessmoon finally decided to start streaming, all I had to do was ask you guys to swing in and help her get to her 50 followers on Twitch for check off the affiliate requirement and you did. The network took care of one of their own.

You’ll also notice that I don’t stream under my own name, but I stream under the banner of “The Paradox Gaming Network”. Our Network has gotten media attention this year despite our small size. We’ve been noted by Massively Overpowered twice, by Woovit, and by several software companies. That’s a pretty big “we” there.

I say one day I want to be the voice of 50,000 gamers. If I was representing that many people, I would hopefully be able to pay some people some money and help them along with that they need getting settled in life. Imagine a gamer with a funding stream behind him that took things seriously and used that money to make the MMORPG genre better.

So why 50,000 gamers?

Everyone who wants to make a change to anything needs to have a voice. The more people who agree with that voice, the louder the voice gets and the more it is taken seriously. I can go from website to website talking about all the things we talk about during my streams, in discords, etc, but unless I have a major following behind me it's really just me saying it.

Take for example the “Pay to….” position we have developed this year. We all used to say “pay to win” off the cuff with no real deeper meaning behind it. Now, through several months of spirited discussion we have developed a new “Pay to…” statement which allows people to acknowledge that there is a cash shop and that buying stuff is a problem, but the extent of the problem can range from “convenience” all the way to “straight winning.” This idea would not have been as developed without the Paradox Gaming Network.

Has Jahlon sold out? Am I going to have to pay to watch his videos?

Absolutely not!

My videos are going to be on Youtube for Free. For now. Forever.

Everything I do, everything I've ever done, everything I ever will do will go up on YouTube and you will never have to pay a dime. The Patreon simply exists for people who want to help support the Paradox Gaming Network. Honestly, watching the videos and showing up when I stream is also a ton of support and it's the type of support I need more than financial contribution.

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Tiers
Feeder of Hungry Wolfesses
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
No, seriously, Wolfess moon the streamer at https://www.twitch.tv/wolfessmoon is part of the Paradox Gaming Network, and her fridge is often empty.   


A small $1 donation goes a long way when you are broke and hungry.  You get the personal satisfaction of knowing that you've fed a hungry streamer.    



Supporter
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Jahlon has a love for popcorn and Arizona Arnold Palmer Tea.  The more of these two things he has, the longer he sits at his desk putting out Archeage 101, Ashes 101 and other video game reviews.   Let's keep him at his desk working hard.   


As a thank you for everyone who supports at this tier, your name will be included in the credits at the beginning of any Paradox Gaming Network video produced and published on the main Paradox Gaming Network YouTube.   You keep this benefit for as long as you are providing an tea and popcorn.   

Benefactor
$2 or more per month 1 patron
The Paradox Gaming Network is a school for video games, and like every good school, we need Benefactors.


Along with having your name at the beginning of the video, you will also be granted access to the Benefactor role on the Paradox Gaming Network Discord giving you direct access to Jahlon and the other Archeage 101 and Ashes 101 instructors.   

Includes Discord rewards
Associate Producer
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
This tier is for people who want to take a slightly more active role in production of videos.  

 

Along with the previous benefits, you will also be able to watch Jahlon (or any future creator) go through the process of putting together a video via discord screen share.  You will be able to do this a minimum of once per quarter, but if there is nobody else signed up you will be able to visit as often as you like.  (Limit of 5 viewers per session)  

Includes Discord rewards
Friend of Wolves
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Yeah, Wolfess is getting started streaming and she's already a Twitch affiliate, but she needs help with all the bits and pieces of things that life throws at you, like bills, rent, and life-stuff.


With this tier you can access to the Benefactor role on the Paradox Gaming Network discord, giving you more direct access to Jahlon, Wolfess, and any other Paradox Gaming Network creators as they come along.   




Includes Discord rewards
Co-Producer
$15 or more per month 5 of 12 patrons
You get access to the Producers role and the Video-Producers channel on the Paradox Gaming Network Discord where the topics, ideas, and production of new videos will be discussed.  You will be influencing the production schedule of which videos get done when and even more you will have direct input into what topics for what games get done next. 


With this level you also can get face time with Jahlon or Wolfess (or any future producer) for one hour once per six months.  The topic can be anything professional from a particular video game, to an interview, to even sitting there discussing Life, the universe and everything with a cup of coffee.   

Includes Discord rewards
Executive Producer
$25 or more per month 1 of 12 patrons
Everything from the previous packages plus:


- You call it.  Once per year you call a video and it gets made.   This is beyond influencing the production schedule you actually SET the production.   After you have held this their for six months you can begin working with the discussion of the particulars of your video.


This can be a video topic of your choosing, or it can even be working with Jahlon (or another creator) to build a video of your own particular raw footage.


- Included in this are 4 - one hour sessions per year on Filmora video editing.   (You may claim the first session after three months, and then each additional session after 3 additional months).  [You are responsible for owning your own copy of Filmora]

Includes Discord rewards